By Jim Allen, Editor, NuVote Reach
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“I think there should be should changes,” is the advice President Barack Obama got from one of the children who wrote to him after the massacre of children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Appearing with several young letter writers at The White House on Wednesday, the President “put forth [what he called a] specific set of proposals” to try to stem gun violence in the United States and “protect our children.”
The president signed twenty-three executive orders in the presence of his young advisers, ranging from charging the CDC to study the impact of violent programming, ordering data sharing for the federal background check system, to school safety and school counseling initiatives.
Moreover, the president said the “Congress must act… right away to institute “universal background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun.”
“Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons” and mandate a “10-round limit on magazines,” said the president.
“Congress needs to help rather than hinder law enforcement” and “severely punish” anyone who buys a gun to sell illegally sell it to someone else, added the president.
The president is also asking Congress for $billions to put “more police back on the job and back on the streets” and to beef up enforcement. And called for confirmation of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Acting Director B. Todd Jones as his nominee for the permanent post – vacant for six years, due to political opposition.
“I know that laws have to be passed by Congress but I beg you to try very hard,” wrote another of the president’s youthful advisers.
The president called on citizens to make their positions clear to lawmakers, as his Congressional-focused initiatives will be political heavy lifts and meet vociferous and well-funded opposition.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), responding to President Obama’s framework, said on Wednesday “the president is abusing his power.”